Wheeling and dealing is probably what Dolphins Executive VP of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum is best known for. In the past, he's facilitated trades that have both helped and hindered his team, and his most notable move with Miami was trading for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso while simultaneously trading back in the draft.
The move was initially met with a lot of anger as it put the Dolphins out of the top ten in the first round, but it all worked out as Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil dropped due to a last-minute scandal, and now the young man is set to become the team's franchise left tackle starting in 2017.
But now Tannenbaum has made another trade, which while in the works, left fans with a lot of fear over what the former Jets GM was planning.
Now, however, Twitter seems to be in favor of the trade in an overwhelming fashion. For only a mere seventh round pick, the Dolphins will be getting former Pro Bowl TE Julius Thomas from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and not only that, it will be at a lowered price tag.
The price cut has yet to be announced, but in reality this is a player for player trade, as come March 9th, Branden Albert will be traded to the Jaguars for a 2018 seventh round draft pick, essentially making it that Miami's seventh will merely be delayed a year.
So with that in mind, here's just a few of the responses Twitter gave in reaction to the incoming tight end.
Obviously, what makes this trade so palatable is the fact that Thomas is well-acquainted with Adam Gase. It was actually Thomas who convinced Jordan Cameron to take a pay cut in order to stay in Miami to play for him. Unfortunately for Cameron, another concussion shut down any hopes of him revitalizing his career with Gase.
Now however, Thomas will be taking his own pay cut after his two-year stint with the Jaguars with Blake Bortles as his quarterback led to some less than ideal production; with his injuries stacked on top of that, it was clear a change of scenery was required.
The number of seventh round picks that actually pan out in the NFL is slim, and for Tannenbaum to get a proven player that the team's head coach knows how to utilize for that measly draft pick is an instant boost to the offense.
Perhaps that's why - for once - no one seems too alarmed by Tannenbaum's overall willingness to use draft picks as currency...just so long as he doesn't make it a habit.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
Poll was made by Ian Berger. Twitter: @ian693
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